Sunday, July 28, 2013

Simple Lemon & Mint Rice

Simple Lemon & Mint Rice

A combination of lemon juice and mint leaves with fewer items yields a zesty taste. 

Ingredients:

Basmati - 1 cup
Onion - 1/4 size
Mint leaves - 4 to 5
Green chillies - 4
Mustard & cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp each
Coconut powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder just a pinch
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Oil and ghee - 1 tablespoon each.
Salt to taste
Water - 1  1/2 cup
Lemon - 1
Method :

1. Cook the rice in a pressure cooker with 1 1/2 cups of water.
2. Grind the mint leaves,chillies,coconut powder,coriander leaves to a fine paste.
3. Heat a pan, add oil and ghee with mustard & cumin seeds.add onions after spluttering is done.Saute the onions till they turn soft.
4 . Now add with the grinded paste with turmeric powder & salt.
5 . Next mix well the cooked rice and squeeze the lemon accordingly.
6. Enhance the taste the fresh chopped coriander leaves.

HAPPY COOKING !!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe


A Healthy Soup,rich in color,aromatic,tasty as well.

All you need is :

Carrots - 4 ( peel & cut them into slices.pressure cook for 2 whistles with 1  1/2 cups of water )
1 tbsp of butter
Onion - 1 tsp ( chopped )
Grated coriander just about a 1 tsp
Garlic clove -  just a small one for taste
Ground black pepper - 1/4 tsp
1 tbsp of half and half cream
Salt to taste

How to prepare the soup :
 Melt the butter in a pan and cook onion,garlic till soft.
Sprinkle salt as they cook. Blend pressure cooked carrots,onions,garlic until smooth by adding little water.
Now pour the blended carrots etc into the sauce pan,add the half and half cream with black pepper.Allow them to sizzle in the pan for about 2 minutes.
Garnish with coriander strings if desired.
Serves about 2 cups.




Monday, July 22, 2013

Homemade Garlic Bread


One of the well-liked appetizer by everyone. Smells so good when it's baking.
I always prefer to do it on Friday evening as tea time snack.

Ingredients:
1 french bread loaf( I used 1/2 pound)
salt & 2 to 3 pinches of herbs or oregano

For Butter spread:

3tbsp Butter( I used the light butter since this was my first time try)
1 tbsp Olive oil
5  to 6 cloves of garlic, minced

Method:
1) Preheat the oven at 400 F.
2) Cut the bread loaf horizontally into two halves.
3) To make garlic butter spread, Heata small saucepan, add olive oil and make it warm. Turn off the heat. Add butter and minced garlic and mix well.
4) Spread the garlic butter on the inside the bread.Sprinkle the oregano all over it. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges get lightly brown. Add salt to taste.
Cut the baked bread with knife buttered side down and slice it.Serve hot with tomato sauce.



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pudhina Avarekaalu Saagu (Lima Beans/Butter Beans & Mint Curry)


Saagu is an traditional karnataka dish.Mixed vegetable curry blended with additional flavor of Lima beans and mint..But this time I tried with mint and butter beans.Usually accompanied with poori,chapathi etc.

Ingredients:

Lima Beans/avarekaalu - 1/2 cup
Tomato (chopped) -1
Onion (chopped) -1
Carrot (chopped) - 1
Potato (chopped) -1
Mint leaves - 8 to 10
Green chillies -4
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves just about an handful
Curry leaves 5 to 6
Cumin seeds -1/4 tsp
Coconut powder -1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala -1/2 tsp
Ginger- 1/4 inch( grated)
Dhalia -1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Sugar(optional) -  1 tsp
Water - 1 to 1 1/2 cups
Method:

Pressure cook all the vegetables for about 2 whistles.Or you can microwave them high for 10 minutes.
Grind the mint leaves,coriander,curry leaves,green chillies,coconut powder,cinnamon and dhalia into fine paste.
Heat the heavy bottomed pan with oil and add mustard seeds,after splattering add the cooked veggies,sauté for couple of minutes.
Finally add the grinded paste,mix well with water.Season them with salt and turmeric powder.
Serve them with poori,chapathi,Roti etc.









Sunday, July 14, 2013

Coconut Tambuli



Tambuli is one of the effortless,as simple as ABC and good for health side dish. It is basically made out of Coconut and yogurt.

Ingredients:

Grated Coconut- 1 cup
Ginger(grated) - less than 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 3 to 4
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Cilantro -  4 to 6 strands 
Curry leaves - 5 to 6
Oil - 1 tsp
Asafeotida to taste
Salt to taste.

Method:

Grind the green chillies,ginger,cilantro,curry leaves,cumin seeds and coconut to a fine paste.
Heat a pan,add oil with mustard and cumin seeds.Allow them to splutter and later add urad dal with asafeotida and curry leaves as well.
Transfer them to a serving bowl with above grinded paste.
Finally add the yogurt and salt.It really goes well with rice.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Mango & Pineapple Pudding


Here comes an other easier dessert recipe.

Ingredients:

Fine sooji or semolina - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Mango chunks(riped)- 1/4 cup or 4 to  5 pieces
Pineapple - less than 1/4 cup( I used the frozen chunks)
Milk just about 1/2 a cup
Cardomom powder about a pinch
Few roasted cashews & raisins(roasted)
1/2 cup of ghee
Few saffron strands(4 to 5 soaked in warm milk for about 15 minutes)
Water - 2 to 2 1/2 cup for smooth texture.

Method:

In a thick bottomed pan heat ghee and roast sooji.
Boil water in a separate vessel.
Crush the mango & pineapple into the blender till a fine paste.
Add the cashews and raisins, sugar,cardomom powder,the crushed fruit paste with water and soaked saffron strands and milk.
Keep stirring well to avoid the lumps.
Let it be cooked for couple of minutes.
Serve hot.

Happy Cooking !!!

Methi Poori


Just tried methi poori for the first time,was tasty.A quick and simple snack time recipe.
Ingredients:
Methi leaves chopped- 1/2 cup
Atta-2 cups
Besan-1 cup
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Oil-1 tbsp
Jeera-1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tindora pulao/Ivy Gourd pulao

This recipe is originally from my mother who is a great cook.She keeps trying new recipes all the time.I kind of inherited the hobby from her.this recipe is perfect to try on the weekends.

Ingredients:

Basmati Rice-1 Cup(1 1/2 cups of water)
Onion-1
Tindora (sliced or chopped)-1/2 cup
Green chillies-3 to 4
Ginger & garlic 1/2 tsp finely grated(I always use the fresh raw ginger and garlic....I never like the ginger,garlic paste which is available in the grocery store)
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder-1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
 Oil and ghee- 1 tbsp each
Salt to taste
Jeera- 1/4 tsp
Cloves(optional)
Bay leaf
Cilantro to garnish(chopped)

Method:

1. Soak the Basmati Rice in water for about 30 minutes prior to cook.
2.Now chop all the vegetables including chillies.Heat a pan and add oil and ghee together as mentioned above.
3. Add jeera,chopped vegetables with minced ginger and garlic.
4.Let them to sizzle till they turn to soft and transparent.
5.Add salt,turmeric,cinnamon,garam masala,red chillie powder.
6.Now add the cooked rice and mix well with the above and garnish them with cilantro.
7.Any kind of raitha...goes well with the rice.

HAPPY COOKING !!!









Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bread Halwa


Ingredients:

1/2 loaf white bread
3/4 cup ghee
1 tbsps of crushed almonds(roasted)
1 tbsps of cashews(roasted)
6 to 8 raisins(roasted)
Pinch of cardamom powder
1/2 ltr of milk(low fat)
3/4 cup of sugar as per your taste.
Dry coconut powder for garnish.

Method

Tear the bread into small pieces.Heat 3/4 cup of ghee and roast the bread and fry them for a while.
Boil the milk,add sugar.Now grind the roasted nuts except the raisins to a fine powder..pour them into the boiling milk with cardomom powder.
Next add the fried bread pieces into the milk.Keep stirring to a fine paste
Garnish well with nuts and coconut powder.Serve warm


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Pineapple Milkshake

Ingredients
1/4 cup cold milk
2 cups vanilla ice cream
6 to 8 big slices Pineapple Chunks or Pineapple Juice, undrained
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon(optional)
Pinch of cardamom powder

Method
In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately. Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Onion Chillie Rice

Ingredients
Basmati Rice- 1 cup
Onions- 3 ( cut lengthwise)
Green Chillies 3 to 4
Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/4 tsp
Ginger about 1/2 inch(grated)
Cashews 8 to 10
Jeera 1/4 or less tsp
Ghee 2 tbsps.
Cilantro to garnish
Salt to taste.

Method
Cook the basmati rice in a pressure cooker for 1 cup rice add 1 and half cup of water.I use Rice Cooker(electric) for rice specialities.

Heat the pan with ghee add jeera,onions fry them till transparent.
Now add the ginger garlic paste,cinnamon pwd,garam masala and green chillies fry until the raw is gone.
Roast the cashews and mix with the above.
Add salt according to taste and atlast garnish the well with cilantro leaves


Aloo Palak Cutlet

Ingredients
4 to 5 potatoes(boiled)
1 cup of chopped spinach
Just an handful of chopped coriander leaves
1 TBSP of rice flour
4 to 5 finely chopped green chilles
2 to 3 garlic pods
Ginger1/2 inch grated
3/4 tsp of garam masala, salt
 Sooji( UPMA Rawa), oil.

 Method
Mash the boiled potatoes and mix well with above the grated ingredient.shape them into balls and gently press them by hand into cutlet size. Now roll them in sooji and shallow fry in oil till golden brown.serve with tomato ketchup



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Spicy Fruit Salad

Ingredients
1 riped pineapple
1 riped mango
Bunch of seedless grapes
Handful of grated coconut,
Pinch of mustard seeds, Chillie pwd, Salt
Sugar according to taste

Method
Dice the pineapple and mango into small cubes.grind the coconut,mustard..take a large bowl and mix well with salt,sugar and chillie pwd..refrigerate for couple of hours and serve cool.